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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prævalebit. FRIDAY, JULY 8, 1881.

TOWN EDITION. [Jssucd at 4.10 p.m.]

Government Insurance. —The Government has received a cable message from the London actuaries, to whom were submitted the Insurance Department accounts, stating that they find the sum of L 50,000 is divisible amongst the assured for the quinquennial period. This sum closely approximates to that arrived at by. Mr Knight, the actuary to the department.

Old Men’s Home. —A capital entertainment was given at the Old Men’s Home on Wednesdey night, and like those that have preceded it, passed off remarkably well. The concerted pieces, under the leadership of Mr C. Ray, were given with much spirit and effect; and several solos, both sentimental and comic, evoked rounds of applause, both from the old men themselves and the public, who had assembled in large numbers; in fact, these entertainments seem to be growing increasingly popular with a section of the Ashburton community. Sundry readings and recitations —descriptive, sentimental, and mirth-provoking—were given at intervals, and the hearty peals of laughter proceeding from the old men gave substantial evidence of their appreciation of the fare set before them. At the conclusion of the programme, a vote of thanks, proposed by a visitor, on behalf of the inmates, was put and carried by acclamation to the ladies and gentlemen who had Veen the means of providing such a pleasant entertainment.

Photography. —ln another column will be found an announcement to the effect that Mr W, Ferrier, late of Messrs Ferrier and Rooke, Oamaru, has opened a studio in Timaru, and is now prepared to execute pictures, views, &c., at the shortest notice. Mr Ferrier’s name is so wellknown to the public that we need not further comment on the probable success of this new venture, but regard it as assured.

The Cheese Shipment. —We regret to learn that the shipment of Akaroa cheese by the ship Orari has proved a failure. We understand that the result is due to various causes, principally, - however, owing to the defective arrangements on board the ship for the proper carriage of the cheese on a long voyage. Although special care was taken with this shipment, we hope its defects will soon be rectified and any further trials not prevented.

New Zealand Wheat.— On reference to our telegraphic columns it will be seen that New Zealand wheat has risen to 48s per quarter in England, being only Is under best Adelaide wheat. Personal. Wo have been informed that, contrary to expectations, the Rev. Thomas Spurgeon will not preach in Ashburton as he proceeds North, but will occupy the Presbyterian Church pulpit in this town on his return to Dunedin. Mrs Hampton. that this earnest lady evangelist would have held a series of services in Ashburton prior to leaving for Auckland, but in consequence of feeble health she has been obliged to postpone her visit here for an indefinite time.

Public Library. —The monthly meeting of the Committee of the Public Library was to have been held last night, but as there were only three members present half-an-hour after the time appointed, the meeting lapsed.

Lecture. —Yesterday evening a lecture was given in the schoolroom, Chertsoy, by the Rev. Elliot E. Chambers, on the subject of “ Canada, as seen from the river St. Lawrence.” The lecture was in aid of the church funds. The chair was taken by Mr Mangham. After a few introductory remarks about our right to claim the Americans as our kindred, the rev. lecturer gave a description of the beautiful scenery along the bank of the river St. Lawrence, a noble river of 1,800 miles in length. An interesting account was given of the river steamers, which were praised as being perfect floating palaces and of great size though only drawing four or five feet of water. He also gave a graphic description of Quebec and Montreal, and of the heights of Abraham where the gallant Wolf? met his death. After dwelling again for a short time on the American steamers, with their multiplying mirrors, grand dining rooms, and sleeping apartments, the rev. lecturer gave a sketch of the navigation among the thousand islets of the St. Laurence ; described the habits of the Indiana and their skill in boating ; he also referred to the large timber rafts on the river, 400 feet long and 200 wide, propelled by oars of immense sweeps. Mr Chambers also gave an amusing account of the insect plagues of this part of the world, the mosquitoes, etc. At the close of the lecture, the usual vote of thanks was put and carried.

Chicory. —We learn that the local chicory of Ashburton is rapidly getting into favor. Mr Pearce, the enterprising grower and manufacturer, has already orders from the south of the colony for eight tons of the commodity at LSO per ton.

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prævalebit. FRIDAY, JULY 8, 1881., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 390, 8 July 1881

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prævalebit. FRIDAY, JULY 8, 1881. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 390, 8 July 1881

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